Box 195
Brookfield  NS


May 2014
Vol. 25
Issue 9

May 2014 Vol 25, Issue 9  

Another edition of Ladies Night--when the Brookfield Men’s Club annually host and thank the women of the community for all they do--is in the books. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed a delicious meal, entertaining memories from guest speaker Lyle Carter, and some original interpretations by the Red Tide of songs ( Pretty Woman, Don't Fence Me In, I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Sweet Caroline, and a specially-composed "Why We Love Brookfield” acrostic!) The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the much-coveted Eagle Award to Lyle Carter, recognizing his many, and long-term, volunteer efforts and service to his hometown. The audience showered him with a lengthy ovation. The Men’s Club will wrap up the 2013-14 season, their 77th-- on Monday, May 19. All are welcomed to attend at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

In the April issue we mistakenly had Terry Crowell going to Cuba; he did not but his wife Sherri and sons Keegan and Kobe did, as did Stephanie Fielding and her sons Cole and Luke, Kim McBurnie and her children Macey and Austin, Julie Walters and her son Adam, Tracey Hill and kids, Haley and Jackie Elliott, Aubrey and Janet Armstrong. Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie vacationed in Jamaica. Brenda Geddes spent much of the winter in warmer climes--she visited her daughter Teresa and family in Arizona, then came east to Florida to her sister Debbie's, where brother Bernie also joined the crowd. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning cruised up the Danube from Budapest, through Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, and several German cities; Krista later took a trip to India. Dan and Kathy Dean and Keiver and Bev Read went to Mexico; and Robert and Kelly Putnam and daughters toured the southwest, including Los Angeles, Death Valley, Las Vegas, San Francisco and the Grand and Bryce Canyons. Ian and Erin Jamieson visited the paradise that is Banff. Kathy George and Kathy Jack vacationed in Ireland, while Glen Stewart married Susan Bishop, his partner of 10 years, in Cuba--his mother Shirley Comeau and sister Patty attended. Victor and Linda Penny have moved to Brentwood.

We were sorry to learn of the passing in Great Village of Frankie Phillips, son of Frank and Mary Phillips of Shortts Lake. Former Brookfielder Kirk Nutter died in Lantz. Marian Kenrick of Middle Stewiacke, who brought music to so many as a teacher or in choirs, died in Tatamagouche. Former longtime Brookfield Junior High teacher and Elks Bowling League member Kevin Chisholm passed away – he instructed a large number of students in French, Drama, and other subjects. Robert Morrisey, formerly of Brentwood died in Truro--he was a brother to Rose Carter, and father to former Truro Bearcats hockey great, Steve Morrisey. Our sympathies go out to all who lost loved ones.

Things are turning up roses for David and Anitra Whidden – they welcomed two grandsons to their family! Jason and Megan Whidden brought a baby boy to Forest Glen grandparents Lee & Judy Thompson, the noted community supporters and owners of Forest Glen Greenhouses.
From Newfoundland, Craig and Kim Kennedy doubled the pleasure on Densmore Lane! Rose Carter will celebrate her 100
th birthday at the Sportsplex on May 18, 1-4 pm. Carley O’Neill, the ever smiling face at Hurricane Heidi’s Café, graduated from Acadia with her B.Sc. (Kinesiology) – she plans to do her Master’s in Ontario. Yvonne Fisher took her retirement after 37 years of dedicated public service for the federal government – well done!

The Brookfield Community Assembly deserves our thanks for coordinating a wonderful Volunteer Recognition ceremony in conjunction with their annual general meeting. Many organizations took up their invitation to laud people who are vital to their groups :  Air Cadets: 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron; All Around the Circle Senior’s Group: Charles Joyce, Susan Stevenson, Audrey MacDonald; Brookfield Athletic Association: Donald (Pibby) Henderson; Brookfield Baptist Church: Glenna Murphy; Brookfield Curling Club: Dennis Grant, Diane Fraser; Brookfield Fire & Emergency Service: Rod Nielsen, Jason Gerrior; Brookfield Garden Club: Elsie Locke, Laurie Monk; Brookfield Homecoming Committee: Janet Burnett, Larry Harrison, Erin Jamieson, Susan MacDonald, Judy Matheson, Pat McCallum, Lynn Matheson, Marian McDonald, Ralph Murphy, Art Peck, Betty Roop, Leah Roop, Gail Wright, Rachel deVries; Brookfield Men’s Club: Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex: Mark Kennedy; Knox United Church: Larry Harrison, Richard Clark, Rod Nielsen, Dorene Matheson, Kaye Retson, Joanne Hatfield, Russell Bradley; SCA School Advisory Council: Julie Walters; Terry Fox Committee, Shirley Comeau; Train Station: Darrell Wright.  At the Truro Music Festival SCA teacher Holly Hartlen had several combos that did very well:  the Glee Club - Hannah Dunlap, Megan Nielsen, Hailey Lemmon, Mary Jane Fisher, Taylor Viva, Alexandra MacLeod, Olivia King, Bryn Rankin, Charlea Lowe, Anna D'Entrement, Vienna Hamilton, Alex Zhou, Denver Nicol, Danielle Zambolin & Kristen Blair --accompanied by Megan Nielsen and teacher Sarah Deveau, placed first with a mark of 85, and the adjudicator remarked - "lovely tone, great ensemble, solid harmony section, great rhythmic vitality." The Beginner Wind Ensemble - Rachel Selway, Hailey Lemmon (flutes), Judson Moore (clarinet)--despite only playing for seven months - won bronze standing.  The Senior Instrumental Ensemble (trumpets: Megan Nielsen, Julia Hamilton, Hannah Dunlap, Alto Sax: Anna Hamilton, Piano: Mary-Gayle Augustine) achieved Silver standing, and received the following comments -" great trumpet / sax sound and tuning; very mature tone quality and music concepts."  The Grade 9 combo (Vocals: Olivia Perrin, Rylee Levy, guitar/vocals: Emily Moore, Mandolin: Lily Yorke, Guitar: William Wallace, Bass: Beth O'Connell, Drums: Jacob King) also won Silver and was told very cool group, very musical and enjoyable, tons of potential--with special mention to the three excellent vocalists." Congratulations to Brookfield’s Paul Barrett who put together a terrific evening at the Marigold Centre as 10 “waves” of his New Horizons Band students performed a wide variety of numbers, including some of Barrett’s original compositions/arrangements. There was excellent musicianship from Lori Nielsen, Terry Canning and many others.
Victor Dickie is recovering from back surgery. We greatly missed Susan Stevenson at Ladies Night; she was recovering from an eye operation---happily she was back in form in time for the wonderful Hawaiian dinner and silent auction, a joint venture of the Terry Fox Committee and Knox United. Chef Russell Bradley's Polynesian-themed meal was wonderful, entertainers Dale Fisher and Bob and CJ Prest were terrific, and the capacity crowd bid generously, making the evening a big success for both organizing groups. Thanks to all who helped, attended, donated and bid on prizes! Tip of the hat to Lafarge for bringing the Earth Rangers and their amazing predatory birds (and one menacing lizard) to our area – the young fry were wide-eyed!

The badminton club swept the Athlete of the Month awards for April at SCA--the Junior winner was Rowan Sears, Intermediate-Austin Christensen, and Senior Dale Sheppard, while Andrew Sears was the Coach of the Month. SCA looks to good results from the track and field team, boys fast-pitch, and girls slo-pitch teams with those seasons underway. The SCA girls ball team will compete for the third time in the Ontario High School championships in London, Ontario. The annual Celebration of School Sport dinner was held in Halifax – representing SCA were Principal Nevin Jackson, girls slo-pitch Assistant Coach Dave Clarke, and athletes Colton Cleveland and Jessica McLellan. The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association named Andrew Roop as winner of the Ron Moore Memorial Coach of the Year award; and Charlie Weatherbee won the Phil Sears Volunteer award. A reminder that SCA will hold their Achievement Award ceremony on May 29, and the Athletic Awards on June 11--the public is invited to attend both events starting at 7 PM. Graduation is June 27.  The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services held their annual award ceremony in early May-- cited  for outstanding contributions were : Brent Fisher, Officer of the Year; Jason Gerrior, Firefighter of the Year; Dale Sheppard, Junior Firefighter of the Year; and Most Improved, Evan Rovers. Terry Canning was presented with his Deputy Chief helmet in honor of his many years of service in various Chief Officer positions. Terry officially retired as active Deputy Chief in January of this year. 569 Colonel G. N. (Ned) Henderson Air Cadet Squadron held an impressive ceremonial review and inspection at the Sportsplex in early May. The reviewing officer was Tom White, who is President of the National Air Cadet League--another example of how hard 569 Commanding Officer Ralph Murphy works to promote and improve the squadron. Major prize winners were WO2 Alex Croft (Royal Canadian Legion Medal and Col. G. N. Henderson Award), Sgt.Peter Betts (Lord Strathcona Medal, Spirit of 569, and Garth Decker Awards), Denver Nicol (Best First Year Cadet), Cpl. Maggie Myers (Most Improved Cadet), and Cpl. Travis White (Chief W/O Ralph Murphy Award). The champions of the 53rd season of the Brookfield Elks Bowling League are the Cats – Gerry Buott, Norm Eddy, Cindy Bigelow, and Linda Penny. It was great to see former Elks hockey star (circa 1965-69), Ken Marchant inducted into the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a builder for the vital role he played in establishing the CCAA in the national sports scene. Ken was long time Athletic Director at NSAC after arriving here as an All-Canadian hockey player at UNB.

Please join us on June 1 at 7 pm for a special musical treat at Knox United Church. Guitarist/composer Amy Brandon presents original compositions, jazz and Brazilian classics. She is joined by special guests, Brookfield’s own Joanne Hatfield and Rick Hiltz. Admission $10 adults; $5 students. You can visit Amy at amybrandon.ca or find her on Facebook.  The Sportsplex is starting a “Chase the Ace” fund-raiser in mid-May, to  happen weekly in the Curling Clubroom on Thursday evenings in conjunction with the Men’s Fast-pitch League’s doubleheaders--stay tuned to the community website, Facebook page, etc for late- breaking news on this project, which can be very lucrative for weekly and grand prize winners! It is vital that it succeeds, as the additional ice surface in the county has made for an excess supply situation of ice, with a deleterious impact on the bottom line, which must be recouped through other avenues, thus the fund-raising.

The Train Station Society will sponsor the Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trail Ponds on Saturday May 31, 7:30 AM- 12 Noon, rain or shine. There will be prizes and a draw for a bicycle--admission is $5, or $10 for a family. Anyone older than 16 needs a fishing license; bag limit is five. There will be hot dogs, hot chocolate, and pop on site. The BCA will again be coordinating the Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday May24, from 9 AM- 1 PM. Volunteers are very much needed and welcomed, and are asked to meet at Knox Church at  9 AM to receive materials and routes. Please give a few hours to help clean up our highways and byways!

Terry Fox Book and Bake Sale will be held at Knox Church Hall on Saturday, June 14th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All donations of books and baking gratefully appreciated. Call Pat McCallum at 673-2853 for pick-up or drop at the church on Friday evening the church on Friday evening. Please also reserve Saturday, August 16 – that is Terry Fox Golf Day! The Eastside cemetery is having a Work Day on Saturday morning, May 24 --please come and bring your favourite tool!  Mark down Saturday July 5--that is the date of the 25th Annual Elks Golf Scramble. The cost is low, the fun is high; call the Golf Club (673-3352) to register as an individual or as part of a team. Time is 7:30 – 12:30; the Brookfield Athletic Association is most appreciative of your support!  Also please note the Whing Ding dates for this year--July 25-26. The theme for the Coming Home to Brookfield celebration is Back Home Again – dates are July 19 – 27, 2014. Some highlights to look forward to in the 19th year of Homecoming, where everyone is WELKCOME! Street Parade, Soap Box Derby, Fire Hall Open House, “Brookfield Brings Canada’s Best”, Pancake Breakfast, Church at the Lake, Boat Tours, The Amazing Race, Sports Day for Kids, Dancing with Kelsey, Yoga, Historic Walking Tour, Kids Duathlon, Horse Show, Fitness, Campfire Singsong,Garden Tour, Coffee House, Chuckerball, Bingo, Petting Farm, Movie Night, Golf Scramble, Celebration of Youth Tea, Fun Run Road Race, Airplane Demonstration, Waterslides, Sail Boat Races, Week-End Whing Ding, Church Service and Closing, and more TBA.

Plans are not yet finalized, but you can mark down Tuesday, July 1, Canada (Dominion) Day--festivities typically start at the Train Station at noon--plan now to be there and help celebrate Canada's 147th birthday  (can it be; seems like only a few years we were marking the centennial at Expo '67 !). Grahame and Beth Maguire's daughter Peggy, owner/ operator of Hand to Hoof Crossover Therapy has partnered with Nicole Wile, owner/ operator of Core Kneads Therapeutics and Wellness, and created a clinic called Core Crossover Therapy-it is located on Parkwood Drive in Truro Heights. Learn more at www.corecrossovertherapy.com.  Peg is a massage therapist and certified equine massage therapist; Nicole a massage therapist.The Department of Education is asking as many Nova Scotians as possible, to share their views via a survey on the public education system – it can be done in written form, via phone call, social media or online. Go to www.novascotia.ca/review to access the survey or get more information.The Eagle will wipe the ink off his talons with this issue; retiring to points unknown until the BMC resumes in September. Watch the BCA community website for updates and announcements -www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca   We hope to see you at the BMC 's closing meeting on Victoria Day, May 19; 7:30 at the Fire Station !     The Eagle

Thanks so much to those who volunteer to get the Eagle done – Krista McMullin, Lori Nielsen, Austin Ross, Susan Stevenson and Bob Lawrence!


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